Speaker Development Group



The Speaker Development Group is a mentorship program that prepares you to be a speaker on a national stage. AAEM matches mentees with mentors who are already experienced, nationally recognized speakers.

The goal for the Speaker Development Group is to help mentees become confident, polished, and engaging speakers. Mentees who successfully complete the program will have the opportunity to gain national speaking experience by presenting a Breve Dulce Talk at AAEM's Annual Scientific Assembly.

Mentee application submission for 2022-2023 is now closed. Applications for 2023-2024 will open in summer of 2023.

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Speaker Development Group Graduates! 

All Speaker Development Group mentees have successfully graduated from the program. Congratulations! Our mentees worked with their mentors to develop a Breve Dulce lecture to present at Scientific Assembly. Come to the Breve Dulce sessions at AAEM23 in New Orleans to watch these up-and-coming speakers deliver their final presentations. 

Katherine Darr, MD  
Presenting 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: An ED Doctor's Quest to Destigmatize and Seek Treatment in a Post-Pandemic World' at Scientific Assembly
Mentor: Corey M. Slovis, MD FAAEM FACP FACEP


Robert Needleman, MD FAAEM
Presenting 'The Right Way to Hyper-K: The Appropriate Management of Hyperkalemia' at Scientific Assembly
Mentor: Michael E. Winters, MD MBA FAAEM


Valerie Pierre, MD
Presenting 'Eye Can't See! How to Use POCUS to Diagnose Ocular Emergencies' at Scientific Assembly
Mentor: Amal Mattu, MD FAAEM


Amy Prescott, MD
Presenting 'Expecto Discharge-o: Magical Phrases to Use in the ED' at Scientific Assembly
Mentor: Mimi Lu, MD FAAEM


Mark Ramzy, DO
Presenting 'The A, B, Z's of Lung Ultrasound' at Scientific Assembly
Mentor: Laura J. Bontempo, MD MEd FAAEM


Angela Regina, DO    
Presenting 'Safe and Ethical Opioid Reversal in the Emergency Department' at Scientific Assembly
Mentor: Richard D. Shih, MD FAAEM


Alan Sazama, MD FAAEM
Presenting 'You’re Going into What?!: Tips and Tricks for Teaching the Non-EM Bound Learner' at Scientific Assembly
Mentor: Joseph R. Lex Jr., MD MAAEM FAAEM


Matthew Stampfl, MD
Presenting 'Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? What to do When Vasopressors Don’t Work' at Scientific Assembly
Mentor: Peter M.C. DeBlieux, MD FAAEM


Mentee Benefits and Expectations

  • Guidance and direction from a highly respected, AAEM nationally recognized speaker to enhance speaking skills and content
  • Quarterly check-ins with your mentor
    • Quarter 1: Set goals and get initial guidance for speaking engagements and confirm topic
    • Quarter 2: Develop slides and content
    • Quarter 3: Delivery and review of Presentation
    • Quarter 4: Give newly improved presentation and discuss next steps
  • Mentees are responsible for keeping in contact with their mentors throughout the year-long process. The process is mentee led. 

Learn More from Past Participants

Kevin Reed, MD FAAEM interviews past mentees of the Speaker Development Group: Afrah Ali, MBBS FAAEM; Gregory Wu, MD FAAEM; and Vonzella Bryant, MD FAAEM.


Testimonials from Past Participants

“My experience as a Speaker Development Group mentee was simply perfect. Dr. Winters is calm, efficient, seasoned, and offered the perfect amount of support, advice and direction. I received detailed advice on how to re-word the talk, what steps to take to improve. Probably the one thing I learned most was how to organize and focus the subject matter. I would unequivocally recommend the Speaker Development Group. I’d like others to know there is a unique experience to guide members to be their best presenting self.  My advice for future mentee candidates is to listen, learn, absorb and join.”

“My mentor provided excellent feedback and advice for a recent lecture at an outside institution.”

“Dr. Mattu is a world-class speaker, and his willingness to help develop future speakers is awesome.”

“The direct access to experienced speaking experts is a definite highlight of the program. Mike Winters was very approachable and gave excellent advice.”


Email Rebecca Sommer, AAEM Education Program Manager or call 800-884-2236.


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